Book List in Order: 12 titles

  • Through poems and poetic prose pieces, acclaimed children's author Arnold Adoff celebrates that uniquely American form of music called the blues. In his signature “shaped speech” style, he creates a narrative of moments and joyous music, from the...


  • Brown-skinned momma, the color of chocolate milk and coffee pumpkin pie, whose face gets ginger red when she puffs and yells the children into bed. White-skinned daddy, not white like milk or snow, lighter than brown, With pinks and tiny tans, whose ...


  • Normal pets by day, superheros by night, Irving dog and Ermine cat embark on the most amazing adventures, in a collection of twenty-four poems that take readers to a magical place where cats and dogs are transformed into brave champions....



  • First published in 1968, this anthology was one of the first collections of African American poetry specifically created with the young reader in mind. Along with selections from Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, this newly updated version featur...



  • What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be African-American? What is the black experience? The spirited voices of twenty-six African-American poets speak to these and other questions in fifty collected poems that explore the African-Ameri...


  • "Adoff addresses his poetry to modern, urban teens in a gritty, hip-hop style. He manages to create poetry from the universal concerns of love and loneliness, the specific teen concerns of acne and braces, and unpleasant realities like selling and ta...